Jack Chevalier

Linda Hodges Gallery

As an artist and Vietnam veteran, Jack Chevalier has chosen not to use painting as a way of parading his tormented psyche, but has instead sought to build a precise and meaningful iconography through which to redeem and heal it. The intricate geometric abstractions he began working on ten years ago were a cross between the ascending chorus of decorative geometries in cathedral architecture and the colorful, earth-centered sand painting that Native Americans of the Southwest use in healing rituals. But all this careful rhyming and balance of color and shape seemed rather remote, as though the artist were responding to the symptoms, not the source, of his emotional pain. In his recent work Chevalier has dramatically reversed this ungrounded feeling, introducing photographic-style imagery and developing certain cunning formal innovations.

In Phoenix, 1989, he projects a slide of a cityscape

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